‘For the community’: Stephanie Jeffcoat returns for second stint on Hamilton Community Center Board
April 27, 2012
Volunteering has always been an important part of life for Hamilton resident Stephanie Jeffcoat.
"I don't really know why I do it," Jeffcoat said.
"I just like to be involved, I like to interact with people, and I like to serve my community."
In January, Jeffcoat, 38, was appointed by the Moffat County Commission to the four-member Hamilton Community Center Board.
Board members coordinate community events and host a variety of regular gatherings, including weekly sewing get-togethers, monthly Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H meetings, and the occasional Moffat County Cattlemen's Association meeting, a local affiliate of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.
This is Jeffcoat's second stint on the board.
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She was appointed once before in 2006 and served through 2008. Jeffcoat said she took the hiatus to take care of her three sons, Weston, 15; Chase 10; and Jacob, 9.
"I call them my three sons after the TV show," Jeffcoat said.
"But now that they are a little older and a little more self-sufficient, I decided I had the time and I'm looking forward to serving on the board again."
Jeffcoat was born in Montrose and relocated to Craig with her family when she was 4.
She attended Moffat County High School, graduating in 1992, and went on to study communications at Western State College in Gunnison.
When she returned to Craig in 1995, Jeffcoat immediately got involved with her community, serving a term on the Moffat County Fair Board and as a volunteer with the 4-H Club, an organization that teaches youth "important life skills" such as raising livestock, photography and automotive repair, among numerous others.
In 1999, Jeffcoat met her husband, Grant.
A year later they married and moved to the Jeffcoat family ranch, also known as Deer Creek Ranch, in Hamilton.
Jeffcoat currently works as the postmaster relief at the Hamilton post office, which also serves as a hub of community activity.
Although she has become a familiar face in the last 12 years, there was a time when Jeffcoat was nervous about moving to a new community where she didn't know any of the local residents.
"I pretty much grew up in Craig, but I didn't really know anyone when we moved to Hamilton," Jeffcoat said.
"It's a ranching and farming community, which makes getting to know your neighbors a little more difficult."
To get to know members of her new community, Jeffcoat turned to what she knows and enjoys best — volunteering.
She started by serving as an election judge in the Moffat County Republican Party's 10th Precinct and later transitioned to precinct chairwoman for the Moffat County GOP Central Committee.
"There are few things that bring people together (better) than an election," Jeffcoat said.
"It was really a great way for me to get to know the people of Hamilton."
Robin Hamill, who was appointed to her second term on the Hamilton Community Center Board, believes Jeffcoat has been a positive force in the community since day one.
"She's such an asset," Hamill said.
"She goes above and beyond in everything she does, whether it's at the post office or at the community center.
"And she does it all with that cute smile on her face."
In addition to working six days a week at the post office and serving on the Hamilton Community Center Board, Jeffcoat remains active in Busy Beavers where she volunteers as a co-leader.
"My kids are still involved with 4-H," Jeffcoat said.
"With working six days a week at the post office, it's not just a good way to contribute, but also a fun opportunity to spend time with my boys."